As a psychiatry resident, Sheila Harms was introduced to the challenges of global mental health through qualitative research with Makerere University colleagues examining the mental health of children and youth orphaned by AIDS. Since 2012, she has worked as an academic psychiatrist in Eastern Uganda to promote postgraduate medical education. Working in collaboration with colleagues from the Department of Psychiatry at the Mbarara University of Science and Technology, a postgraduate educational partnership has been formed predicated on values of trust, equality, respect, and mutual gain. As Postgraduate Training Director for Psychiatry at McMaster University, Sheila has been situated to think creatively about bi-lateral educational opportunities that exist for psychiatry learners from two diverse settings. This educational partnership has intentionally worked to acknowledge and respond to the historical and cultural events rooted in colonialism that continue to affect the mental health of individuals in the global South.

Community Health,
Chronic Diseases & Cancer,
Mental Health & Addiction